School Mission

Mind, Body & Sprit

Gilman School is a diverse community dedicated to educating boys in mind, body, and spirit through particular emphasis upon academic excellence, athletic participation and aesthetic appreciation. Gilman seeks to produce men of character and integrity who have the skills and ability to make a positive contribution to the communities in which they live and work.

Profile

Gilman School is a kindergarten through twelfth grade independent school located in Baltimore City. It serves families from a broad variety of neighborhoods in the greater Baltimore metropolitan area. There are three school divisions. Lower School, grades kindergarten through five; Middle School, grades six through eight; and Upper School, grades nine through twelve. The programs and curriculum are specifically designed to be developmentally appropriate for boys and follow a logical sequential progression leading from one grade to the next.

Gilman School remains a boys’ school because boys and girls develop at significantly different rates and have substantially different developmental needs. A boys’ school is best positioned to offer boys a program designed to address their specific needs.

Gilman’s Upper School also offers a coordinate program that combines Gilman’s resources with those of two excellent girls’ schools, which are connected to this campus by a system of bridges. As a result, students can choose among an extraordinary array of electives and opportunities.

Statement of Philosophy

Gilman School's educational philosophy is summarized in its commitment to the development of mind, body, and spirit. This approach emphasizes the central importance of educating the whole boy in every facet of his personality. Gilman’s rigorous academic program is founded on a core curriculum designed to emphasize the value of a strong work ethic, critical thinking skills, effective oral and written communication, active engagement in the arts, and lifelong enjoyment of intellectual pursuits.  Our required athletic program is based on the belief that through the cultivation of physical vigor and wellness, boys learn the value and meaning of teamwork, resilience, competitive spirit, humility, tolerance, and sportsmanship.  The school also nourishes and affirms the fundamental importance of spirituality, not merely in an abstract, academic sense, but also in observance and practice, for the formation of an integrated personality. 

Above all else, Gilman School seeks to help boys grow into men of character. We believe that the qualities of honor, leadership, dedication, and service to others must be emphasized and reinforced through all aspects of the school community.  To that end, Gilman adheres to a comprehensive honor code, a service learning program, and a commitment to diversity in all of its forms.

School Mission

The basic goals of the School, to promote the best development of each student’s intellectual capabilities, to develop the whole person and strong character, and to encourage a commitment on the part of each individual to something far greater than himself, are forever true.

Redmond C.S. Finney ’47
Headmaster 1968–1992